The Latest Phishing Alert: Hot Off the Printer

Welcome to the latest phishing alert:

Almost every week for the past few months, we have received some form of a phishing email. These spoofed emails have pretended to be everyone from Chase Bank and Wells Fargo to CableOne.

Today's example is a spoofed email from "atmnetwork.net." The true atmnetwork.net is the website for Cardtronics and they supply banks with ATMs. Now, unless we decide to go into the ATM business, I don't know why we should be receiving unsolicited email from them. Also, if we have never been in the ATM business, we shouldn't have an unpaid invoice that needs to be addressed. And, especially not one for $485,41....what is that figure anyway?

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Fun With Phishing Alerts

The good news is that most of these phishing emails are written very poorly and can be picked out easily like a Longhorn fan at a Sooner convention. Here is the exact wording of the email we received:

Dear Client,

According to the reconciliation of the Department of Finance there are the arrears following your client account totaling in $485,41.

We attach the last unpaid invoice #48154946 to this letter and kindly ask you pay it off until March 31, 2016.

Please check out the file and do not hesitate to pay off the debt. We look forward to your reasonableness.

Yes, that is the exact wording.

  • First of all, how much is $485,41? I am pretty good at math but I'm not sure what that number is....
  • Also, if we are to pay this invoice off until March 31, 2016....do we pay it everyday until March 31....or do we pay it in increments until the 31st? I'm confused.
  • I'm glad they look forward to my reasonableness because that is one of my greatest qualities.

Ok, enough kidding around....seriously, if you receive any emails asking for you to update information or tend to an unpaid debt or congratulating you a sudden windfall...... Don't open them. Report them as spam to your email provider. You may also check to see if the spoofed company has a reporting site for phishing attacks. Many companies like Intuit now have a website you can visit to report phishing attacks you have received in their name. You can also report the attack to the FTC on their website. 

Ok, that's enough for now. I'm off to hunt for more new malware and phishing alerts. I will leave you with the words of Sergeant Phil Esterhaus: "Hey, let's be careful out there." (If you know where that came from, you earn 10 points!)


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